Listening to the debates in Ireland over the past couple of weeks about who’s accusing who of homophobia, who’s allowed use the term and who’s permitted to debate its use, I’ve come to the conclusion that rights only exist when they conform to the liberal orthodoxy.
The emotive language of equality and rights has been wholly appropriated by minority interest groups to validate their perspective and portray anyone who has the temerity to question or disagree with them as a bigot, a fascist, a Conservative or worst of all a Catholic.
Questions are beginning to be asked about whether there can be a meaningful debate in advance of the referendum on same sex marriage since the opposing side are denied the right to express their views and greeted with a spontaneous tirade of vitriol as soon as they open their mouths.
The Liberal agenda argues that society has evolved. Traditional structures no longer exist and the concept of normal is evanescent and entirely subjective.
However, there have to be absolutes and structures in our society, otherwise we descend into chaos.
The discourse of equality carried to extremes has dangerous implications. A man wants to have two wives, or to marry his sister or to marry a minor. Is it his inalienable right to do so? Should the definition of marriage be changed to accommodate him?
Laws are written for the majority in society. We cannot legislate for the demands of minorities, however vocal. The social contract requires that minorities accede to the will of the majority for the benefit of society as a whole, thus ensuring the continuation of that society.